Cesarean sections could increase the risk of dangerous health problems for premature babies, according to new research presented to the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

FOX News Radio's Bill Vitka reports:

When it comes to C-sections it's not always what's best for mom, but what's best for baby.

C-sections have been thought to benefit premature babies and lessen their risk of complications.

But a new study finds that babies, delivered by C-section before 34 weeks of pregnancy, had 30% greater chance of developing breathing problems.

There are valid reasons to deliver a baby by way of C-section, but the point of the latest research is that what is needed is a good reason.

Being small, in and of itself, is not reason enough. It multiplies the risk for the mother, and there is no benefit for baby.

Bill Vitka, FOX News Radio